LightSquared selects Sharp to build its LTE smartphones, tablets

Summary:LightSquared teams with Sharp to get smartphones and tablets for its 4G LTE network. Sharp gets to expand its presence the U.S. mobile market.

LightSquared continues to further its nationwide wireless broadband network thanks to a new partnership with Sharp. This time, the collaborative efforts revolve around the products that will run on LightSquared's 4G LTE network.

Specifically, Sharp has been named as the first manufacturer to develop smartphones and tablets optimized for this network. LightSquared cited a few reasons as to why it chose Sharp -- namely Sharp's advanced LCD panel and camera module, which LightSquared expects to please 4G-LTE network partners such as carriers, retailers and others.

Sharp benefits as it will not only get access to LightSquared’s open network, but also LightSquared's partner list to that Sharp can attempt to expand its presence in the U.S. wireless market.

LightSquared insists in a statement that its "open network and growing ecosystem can help manufacturers expand their wireless offerings and develop innovative products without restrictions."

The first wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE network will be showcasing its devices during CTIA Enterprise & Applications next week in San Diego.

LightSquared inked a few major deals during the summer, starting in July when it announced a 15-year wholesale 4G LTE deal with Sprint, which will be detailed further at Sprint's Investor Day on October 7. In August, LightSquared also teamed with ClearTalk Wireless on a bilateral 4G roaming agreement.

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Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, Tablets

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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